6 books we can’t wait to read

Or add to our growing TBR pile

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Are you rekindling your love for reading or just starting to pick up the hobby? Here are some new books to get you started: a couple of beautiful coffee table books, two novels, and two interesting non-fiction reads.

The Impossible Collection of Bentley
Andrew Frankel

One of French luxury publisher Assouline’s latest addition to its opulent Ultimate Collection is an homage to Bentley Motors on the occasion of its 100th anniversary.

The Impossible Collection of Bentley compiles the 100 “single most important and groundbreaking Bentley models,” including the iconic “Blower” to the latest-generation Continental GT and Flying Spur. There are also gorgeous photographs of Bentley race cars as well as detailed descriptions of the automobiles.

This $1,450 200-page limited edition volume comes housed in a hand-stitched, quilted leather-bound case modeled after the upholstery in Bentley interiors. As this is part of Assouline’s Ultimate Collection, you also get complimentary white gloves and a signature canvas tote bag.

The City We Became
N. K. Jemsin

Hugo Award-winning and NYT bestselling author N. K. Jemisin’s new novel is set in her hometown of New York— except this New York isn’t the one we know. The City We Became follows five New Yorkers who must come together in order to defend their city from an ancient evil.

Anyone: A Novel
Charles Soule

Comic book writer Charles Soule is out with his sophomore novel Anyone, a speculative fiction wherein a scientist’s botched experiment allowed for human consciousness to be transferred between bodies. This thriller explores the consequences of privacy and anonymity, as well as identity- and body-snatching.

Watches: A Guide by HODINKEE
HODINKEE editors

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Since going online in 2008, HODINKEE, the online destination for all things horology, has published countless articles and photos, hours of podcasts, and five magazines about watches. In 2019, it was time (pun intended) to publish a book.

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Watches: A Guide by HODINKEE, a 261-page book published Assouline, is filled with jaw-dropping photos of watches and nine insightful chapters that would appeal to anyone who has the slightest interest in timepieces. Each chapter—”A Brief History of Time,” “Chronographs,” “The Dive Watch,” “Travel Time,” “Military Watches,” “High Complications,” “Women and Watches,” “Dress Watches,” and “Icons”—is written by one of HODINKEE’s editors.

Bagels, Bumf, and Buses: A Day in the Life of the English Language
Simon Horobin

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Ever wondered where everyday English words come from? Simon Horobin, a professor of English Language and Literature at the University of Oxford, dishes out fascinating facts about the words we use in a typical day—from getting up to going to work and eating meals. Where did “bagel,” “tea,” “lunch,” “office,” and “gymnasium” come from? How have their meanings changed over time?

Disney’s Land: Walt Disney and the Invention of the Amusement Park That Changed the World
Richard Snow

Disney’s Land tells the story of how Walt dreamed up “the happiest place on earth” and turned his vision to realization. Against everyone’s advice—his wife Lillian, his brother Roy, and even the bankers—and the challenges he faced, Disney decided to create a truly magical place.

First published in Speed January 2020 issue

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